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Marvel at The Met: Topics in 18th and 19th Century American Art (MARMET)

Low Tide, Riverside Yacht Club by Theodore Robinson, 1894: from The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770; image: Public Domain

Class Description:
Be guided virtually through the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and peer institutions by knowledgeable art historian, Lois Stainman. Each class session focuses on one topic relating to American art in the 18th and 19th centuries using the extraordinary collection of paintings as a back drop. Students gather on Zoom using a link provided in advance of the class, so access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and the Zoom software installed is required.  

A message from Lois Stainman to past Marvel at the Met students:
Marvel at the Met, Topics in 18thand 19thCentury American Paintings, will be presented again for the fall semester, but it will be on Zoom. To start working on talks to share with all of you has been so wonderful for me and has given me a focus during this really difficult time. We will meet at our usual time of 3-4:30 on one Tuesday each month from September to December and I hope to “see” all of you there. While the wonderful give and take of our gallery experience cannot be recreated on Zoom, it will give me the opportunity to expand the works I can talk about. And there will be time left at the end of each session for questions.  I hope that you are all well and I look forward to resuming our classes in September.

Insructor: Lois Stainman 
Tuition: $35 per class, $99 for the series of 4 classes
Location: via Zoom

Lois Stainman started as a researcher and lecturer in the American Paintings and Sculpture department of the Metropolitan Museum in 1987. She was a researcher for exhibitions such as American Impressionism and Realism, Art and the Empire City, Gilbert Stuart and George Washington, Man, Myth and Monument and gave gallery talks in the exhibitions. Mrs. Stainman also gave gallery talks on focused topics in American Paintings such as Copley in the Met and A Closer Look at the Vanderlyn Panorama, as well as gallery talks for the special exhibition, John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Family and Friends when this traveling exhibition was at the Metropolitan Museum in June – October 2015. She was a co-curator at the Hunter Gallery for the exhibition, A Painter’s Poet: Stephane Mallarme and his Impressionist Circle for which she wrote on Mallarme and Whistler for the catalogue.

Mrs. Stainman also worked for seven years at the New-York Historical Society where she did research on works in the art collections and was the Coordinator for the docent program.

Mrs. Stainman has an MSW from Columbia University and numerous credits in Art History from the Graduate Center of CUNY.


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